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Analysis of cultural adaptation strategies of immigrant women working in Korea

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posted on 2022-08-26, 18:16 authored by Sungho HuSungho Hu, Ryo-Whoa Lee

Interviews were conducted on 10 migrant women living in Seoul and surrounding areas to observe the working lives of migrant women in Korea.  Their average age was 31 years (SD = 3.18 years) and their stay in Korea was 5.8 years (SD = 1.23 years), of which two of them acquired Korean citizenship. Their average monthly salary was 2.33 million won (SD=55.40). Participants were recruited through a snowball sampling method that introduced participants through acquaintances. Data collection was conducted through one-on-one in-depth interviews consisting of semi-structured questions. The main question was (1) "What cultural differences do you experience between immigrants and Koreans in your daily life?" (2) "How do you deal with those problems and what are your plans for the future?" Before the interview began, you explained the purpose of the study, confidentiality, and agreed to participate. Interviews for data collection were conducted for eight months from April 2021 to December 2021, and interviews consisting of three types of questions were conducted for each participant. The interview time was not limited, allowing participants to fully discuss their personal experiences at work, and each interview took about 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the participant. All interviews were recorded after being recorded, with each participant's volume reaching approximately 5 to 8 sheets of A4 paper.


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